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CDC confirms four additional flu-related deaths

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday confirmed four more deaths caused by complications from influenza infection, bringing the total number of people who have died from flu-related complications to 24 since July last year.

The youngest victim was a 10-month-old girl from New Taipei City (新北市), Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said.

Chou said the infant had received a flu vaccination late last year.

However, according to her family, she was ill early this month and diagnosed with influenza. The patient died of heart failure three days after being taken to hospital for medical treatment, he said.

Chou said that the infant had been diagnosed with Kawasaki disease in November, an acute febrile vasculitic syndrome of early childhood, before receiving medical treatment for the disease and that she was given a flu vaccination after the treatment.

The CDC is presently probing how the baby girl was infected with the flu virus, he said.

The CDC said the other three people that died had not been inoculated against the flu. The three victims — a 73-year-old female from Miaoli County, a 52-year-old man from Greater Kaohsiung and a 85-year-old woman, also from Greater Kaohsiung, all had a history of suffering from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis, the CDC said.

Since July, the number of confirmed cases of flu-related complications has increased to 523, lower than the 790 recorded in the same period the previous year, the CDC said.

Flu type B was the culprit in most of the cases, it said.

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